I have good news and bad news. The good news is, you don’t need a super swanky health club membership, a pricey piece of cardio equipment, or even an exoctic bootcamp butt workout to get fit. But that’s also the bad news. Because many of us want so desperately to believe that if we just have the right tools, we can get fit, stay fit and live happily ever after. But the truth is…
The tools you really need are living inside of you.
Health happens from the inside out. Our thoughts dictate our habits, and our habits determine our destiny. Fitness then, is a matter of focus, belief, and our ability to act on that which we think and believe.
So if you’ve made a goal to get fit and so far you have failed, perhaps you should examine your internal dialogue. Here are 5 empowering thoughts that will get you fit.
I make time for what’s important.
So there goes that busyness bullshit we like to toss around. Stop letting “busy” take the blame. Take an honest look at your schedule and if you can’t find an hour or so to devote to fitness daily, you’re not looking hard enough. Having a zen home yoga spot has helped me maintain a successful yoga home practice. So even if I can’t get to the gym, I don’t have to forego my workout. Set yourself up for success.
I don’t need permission from my feelings.
So this is what you tell yourself when motivation wanes. Because it will, and the last thing you’ll want to do is hop out of bed, lace up your tennis shoes, and get sweaty before the sun rises on a work day. But sometimes we have to do what hurts now for the payoff that comes later. Fit people don’t let feelings dictate.
I make my own destiny.
Yoga and meditation have been integral to my growth. Both practices have allowed me to see the self-defeating nature of my own thoughts. Shifting from negative to positive is no easy task, and it doesn’t happen without effort. The first step is to think about what you’re thinking about.
Thoughts like these are roadblocks to fitness: Obesity is part of my genetic code; I have this knee injury; I’m not flexible enough to do yoga. Focusing on what we lack will only create more lack in our lives. But when we assume responsibility for our circumstances, we realize that change is entirely up to us.
I only compete with yesterday’s version of myself.
As I’ve said so many times before, comparisons can crush us. When we start looking around at what other people are doing, we stop focusing on our own individual strength and abilities. We stop doing what we’re uniquely equipped to do in the ways that we were meant to do them. Have you ever seen someone insanely attractive and fit and said to yourself, That will never be me. It took me a long time to realize that I have my own brand of beauty and I ought to rock it. For some people, verbal assaults are motivating, but I believe in befriending our bodies. Self-loathing is the worst way to travel to your desired destination.
Health happens from the inside out.
So here we’ve arrived at the final point of this post. And if you thought I had my shit together, you were wrong. Every statement I have made so far has been a pep talk for me as well as for you. Because as much as I strive to live a healthy life, I still have those days when a box of chocolate truffles and a spot on the sofa are more persuasive than my other options. So I’m a work in progress. But life is a balance and as long as I continually remind myself that health is as much a mindset as it is a set of physical habits, I’ll be okay. And so will you.
Mantra: Physical fitness is not merely a physical endeavor.